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varnish

var·nish

varnish

pronunciation:
var nihsh
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a liquid of resinous material that is brushed on wood or the like to make a hard, shiny, protective coating.
Apply the varnish thinly and evenly.
similar words:
dope, polish
definition 2: such a coating itself.
The varnish on this old table is wearing thin now.
similar words:
polish
definition 3: any superficially pleasing outward appearance or show.
All this talk about good times for the company is just varnish.
similar words:
veneer
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: varnished, varnishes, varnishing
definition 1: to cover or coat with or as with varnish.
I varnished the picnic table this weekend.
similar words:
finish
definition 2: to give a superficially or deceptively pleasing appearance to; gloss over.
In telling us the news, he varnished the unpleasant truth.
similar words:
gloss, veneer
derivation: varnisher (n.)